Three places for early warning of ransomware and breaches that aren’t the dark web


For better or worse, a lot of cybercrime sleuthing and forecasting tends to focus on various underground sites and forums across the deep and dark web corners of the Internet. Whenever a report cites passwords, contraband or fraud kits trafficked in these underground dens, it makes elusive fraudsters and extortion players sound tangible.

People instinctively want to infiltrate these spaces to see if their own company and data are up for sale. For time-strapped security professionals, however, the underground’s rapidly multiplying corridors are difficult to navigate and correlate at scale. Achieving the capability to sift through these domains productively, without wasting time – or getting in legal entanglements – is no small feat.

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